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Research/Education Facilities

Research/Education Facilities are located on the main Urbana-Champaign campus and throughout the state of Illinois to provide a testing-ground where research from the College of ACES can generate practical applications to benefit consumers, farmers, commodity groups, agricultural organizations, environmentalists, conservationists, government agencies, industry, and business.

Below is a partial listing:

  • Agroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Program
    Facilitates and promotes research and education that protects natural and human resources in Illinois while sustaining agricultural production.
  • Beef and Sheep Facilities
    Eight beef cattle facilities and a sheep barn spread over 20-acre site.
    Provides comprehensive risk management information and analysis. The "Farm Financial Analyzer" helps users to evaluate the financial performance of a farm. "Outlook" offers popular weekly and monthly newsletters on markets and other topics releated to economics. These and other tools and services make this a one-stop site for producers, lenders, and agribusiness in Illinois.
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition Pilot Processing Plant
    A 10,000 ft.2 food pilot plant serving the needs of the Food Science & Human Nutrition department, along with others across the University.  The facility has space for food grade production, as well as teaching and research activities
  • Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
    Provides up-to-the-minute information on Great Lakes issues, emphasizing concerns in the southern Lake Michigan region. Research and outreach activities address water quality, aquaculture and seafood safety, biological resources, sustainable coastal development, and coastal processes.
  • Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory
    A facility focusing on the scale-up of basic research in the areas of biofuels, chemicals, and other bioproducts.  This facility will feature a 12,000 ft.2 pilot plant and 3500 ft.2 analytical laboratory.
  • Maize Genetics Cooperation Stock Center
    Houses the nation's maize collection.
  • Microscopic Imaging Center
    A campus-wide service microscopy laboratory located in the College of Veterinary Medicine, specializing  in electron microscopy and providing imaging service for light microscopy.
  • Morrow Plots
    The oldest agronomic experiment fields in the United States (established in 1876) and a National Historical Landmark. They include the longest-term continuous corn plot in the world.
  • Office for Futures and Options Research
    Promotes and supports academic research and education on commodity futures and options markets.
  • Plant Care Facility (PCF)
    Serves as the primary greenhouse space available to faculty, staff, and students in Crop Sciences, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and affiliated USDA projects.
  • PorkNet
    Designed to provide the Illinois swine industry with timely information to facilitate decision making and to strengthen ties between the Illinois pork industry and the University of Illinois.
  • Poultry Research Facility
    Six buildings located four miles southeast of campus.
  • Re home -- University of Illinois Solar Decathlon 2011
    Solar-powered home to demonstrate how environmentally aware living can be brought to the forefront of a community-led recovery effort.
  • Soybean Free Air Concentration Enrichment (SoyFACE)
    An innovative facility for growing crops under production field conditions in an atmosphere with higher levels of carbon dioxide and ozone.
  • Strategic Soybean System (StratSoy)
    Strategic tools and resources for the soybean industry. Includes resources for consumers interested in soyfoods, soy-health research, and more.
  • W.M. Keck Center
    Conducts research on the comparative genetic organization, evolution, and function of plant, animal, and microbial genomes.